The Oregon Travel Information Council is pleased to announce that Nancy DeSouza has accepted the position as Executive Director of Oregon Travel Experience (OTE). DeSouza is a native Oregonian with more than 24 years experience in Oregon state government executive and management service.
“OTE is a semi-independent agency with an important and growing mandate to serve Oregon and its travelers, and Nancy brings the perfect combination of skill, wisdom and experience to guide the agency and assist the Council in the years ahead,” said Council Chair Gwenn Baldwin. “From her executive management experience in other semi-independent state agencies, to her marketing and communication expertise, and her excellent reputation in state government as a collaborative partner, we couldn’t have asked for a stronger, more well-suited executive.”
DeSouza came to OTE from her role as Executive Director of the Oregon Board of Optometry. Her contributions to the State of Oregon are extensive–she also served as Executive Director of the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision, Public Affairs/Government Relations Manager for the Oregon Department of Corrections, Marketing/Communications Manager for Inside Oregon Enterprises/Inmate Work Programs, and Communication Manager for the Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services.
“I am honored to work with the Oregon Travel Information Council members and the staff of Oregon Travel Experience,” said DeSouza. “As a native Oregonian in love with our state, I look forward to continuing the agency’s work to ensure that motorists have convenient and safe rest areas, clear directions to local services, and information guiding visitors to points of Oregon interest, history and culture.”